New Space Coast Touchdown Club to Hold First Football Camp to Benefit St. Baldricks
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // December 26, 2017
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Brevard County high schools sent seven teams to the Florida High School Athletic Association football playoffs this season and six area players elected to opt for the NCAA’s new early signing period.
Five of the six are moving on to play on top tier D1 gridirons. The February signing period will have players signing to play at places like Miami, Florida State, Louisville, Florida, Kentucky and Ole Miss.
It’s hard to imagine but many if not all of these players got to this point without attending a football-only learning facility.
From youth football to the high school level, imagine what Brevard County football could be if there were facilities that catered to football only skills.
Viera youth football coach Dan Hancock has started the Space Coast Touchdown Club with the goal to provide football-specific instruction, as well as traditional speed and conditioning training to athletes on Florida’s Space Coast.
“Brevard County has become a home for elite athletic programs,” said Hancock.
“We have great golf instruction, basketball and baseball development opportunities. We even have ice skating. Our high school football programs have become some of the best in the state, but you will be hard-pressed to find a football-specific training organization.”
The first Space Coast Touchdown Club camp will be held January 2, 3 and 4 starting at 10 a.m. each day.
Campers can attend one day for $20 or save $10, and attend all three days for $50.
The athletes will have a chance to work with area coaches and include a wide variety of football drills, as well as teach proper instruction on multiple positions.
Florida Tech Panthers head football coach Steve Englehart will close out the first day by speaking to the student-athletes about the importance of doing their best on and off the field of play.
Teaching football-specific skills are important to Hancock and so is helping the community. As a big supporter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, this three-day event will benefit the foundation and raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
“It’s going to be a great time working with local athletes while serving a great cause in St. Baldrick’s,” said Hancock.
Brevard County coaches and high school athletes looking for community service opportunities or interested in providing assistance during this camp can call 321-213-8363 to sign up.
Hancock has been a part of Suntree Youth Football League as a head coach since 2012 and has a unique approach to his team that has proven to be successful over the years.
“I enjoy coaching football and working with young men, helping them push themselves and reach their goals, on and off the field,” said Hancock.
He has served the City of Orlando as a firefighter since 2003.
“That’s how I pay the bills and I love life around the firehouse, but the impact that I’ve seen our coaches have on the lives on our players has been the greatest thing I’ve done.”
Hancock says that it’s important to have mentors, in everything you do. Learn from them and ask them questions. That’s one of the reasons that he founded Space Coast Touchdown Club.
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